You Shall Not Pass: The 5 Weirdest Items Airports Have Confiscated

Airport 300x180 You Shall Not Pass: The 5 Weirdest Items Airports Have ConfiscatedThe dreaded Transportation Safety Authority baggage screeners stand like sentinels at airport security. No one wants to get “randomly chosen” to have their luggage sifted through or the full body pat down. We’ve all had the experience of getting something confiscated like a shampoo bottle that’s too big or a pocket knife we forgot was in our backpack. But these people must have been a little off their rockers trying to sneak these items in. Here are the five weirdest items airports have had to confiscate.

1. Cattle Prods

Reading through the TSA’s banned item list, the term cattle prod jumps out. Who would take a cattle prod on an airplane and for what purpose? One man actually tried to bring a cattle prod through airport security at the Baltimore Washington International Airport. When discovered, the man gave the cattle prod to police, but he never explained his motive.

2. Belt Buckle Knife

Knives are commonly confiscated items by the TSA. However, passengers can be quite creative when trying to smuggle them onto a plane. Recently, a 3-inch knife was discovered by airport security concealed in a belt buckle. No one would carry an knife from an authorized Benchmark knife dealer though security, but hiding one in a belt buckle? He gets points for creativity, but we’re glad he was caught.

3. Snakes

Apparently one passenger saw the movie title Snakes on a Plane and wanted to recreate the movie. A man was detained at the Miami airport trying to board a plane with snakes. This story is even more crazy because the man had used his pants in an attempt to smuggle the snakes through security. Those poor snakes. However, TSA screeners discovered the man’s trouser snakes and turned him over to Fish and Wildlife officials.

4. Landmines

Landmines are obviously not allowed as carry-on items on a plane, but one woman thought she might be the exception. She was delayed by airport security after trying to carry-on claymore casings. However, this woman was not simply a self-defense overachiever. She told TSA officials that she was bringing the landmines for an explosives demonstration in California. She was allowed to travel, sans landmine.

5. Chainsaws

Unbelievably, a passenger actually tried to carry a chainsaw onto a plane. The chainsaw was reportedly full of gas and ready for use. Airport screening personnel confiscated the chainsaw.

Next time you head out to the airport, make sure to check this list of ridiculous items that airports have banned to be sure you’re not going to get help up by TSA security.


Top 5 Cafes in Canmore

french quarter cafe Top 5 Cafes in Canmore

I am a coffee addict and a travel junkie. What a combination! The smell of freshly roasting beans, the sound of coffee percolating and the taste of the hot creamy brew when it surrounds my tongue; puts me into an energized trance! One of my favorite things to do is to explore different regions and taste what black brew is bubbling in their barista machines.

As you can imagine, I’ve tasted a lot of different coffees. So much so, my darling red blood cells are probably tainted a deep, dark cocoa brown. Although, my doctor sternly encourages me to give it up, I can’t. I’ve already come this far Doc! Despite doctors’ orders, I’ve dedicated my life to finding the best brews in Canada. Why’s that good for you? So you don’t have to! You can sip with pleasure and confidence, knowing the selected cafes are tried, tested and approved by Canada’s biggest coffee addict!

At the moment, I’m exploring the beautiful region of Canmore, in Alberta. With over 300 days of sun, you can enjoy the finest brews in some of the sunniest weather, exploring some of the most spectacular scenery Canada has to offer! Now that sounds brew-licious, don’t you think?


The atmosphere in Beamer’s rocks! It’s a bustling cafe, with some solid coffee.

The Bagel Co:

What better accompaniment to your coffee then a fresh-baked bagel smothered with a slab of silky cream cheese? Go for the bagels, stay for the coffee!

Communitea Cafe

This is where the locals go! They have one of the biggest selections of teas in Canmore, and also one of the best Americanos. They also have healthy lunches and snacks to counteract the effects of over caffeinating.

Harvest Cafe

A favorite on many of the forums, Harvest Cafe serves breakfast, brunch, tea and delicious coffee, all at a great price point.

Mountain Mercato

This cafe is more touristy and expensive, but well worth the extra dollars. It has a European flare with equally matching dark brews. Mountain Mercato excites me because they peculate their coffee just like in Italy and Spain.

And yes there are a couple Starbucks in Canmore, but as all you caffeine junkies know, Starbucks isn’t coffee! So break out of your comfort zone and come explore some incredible cafes, with equally authentic coffee. And after your caffeine crash, have a nap and stay the night at Blackstone Canmore rentals.